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January 2019 Archives

Distracted driving increases with riskier use of handheld phones

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a study comparing distracted driving rates between 2014 and 2018 and found that different forms of distraction are more prevalent than before. Oklahoma drivers should know that more drivers are using their phones for activities other than talking.

Researchers hope new study will improve brain injury treatment

Physicians in Oklahoma often aim to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury victims in a way that minimizes the risk of secondary issues. However, it's not always easy to achieve this goal. This is why the National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a four-year study that will involve the use of new machine learning techniques to produce models that may be able to more accurately categorize patients, predict short- and long-term outcomes for TBI victims and present patient-specific intervention recommendations.

Drowsy driving a serious hazard in ridesharing industry

Ridesharing drivers in Oklahoma and across the U.S. often choose to work themselves to the point that they are sleep-deprived. Sleepiness can reach its peak during the early mornings and late at night, and it endangers both the driver and others on the road. This is the danger that the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has pointed out in a position statement published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Drivers with ADHD may decrease risk of accidents with medication

Results from a new study estimate that 22.1 percent of car accidents in Oklahoma could be avoided if patients with Attention Deficient with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) took medication. Prior research has indicated that drivers with ADHD have an increased risk of being involved in an accident. People with ADHD may have a more difficult time with driving as the neurodevelopmental condition causes people to be more easily distracted and have a difficult time with attention span.

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